Category Archives: Video Games

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is getting a revamp…

Bioware’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is being remade and it looks beautiful. It’s being called “Apeiron” and the studio revamping it is Poem Studios. They are using the Unreal Engine 4 and this will be a real treat for both fans and newcomers to the game. Let me tell you the best part…it will be 100% free! Turns out, that was the only way to get the license to Poem and I can’t wait to replay this classic.

Don’t Discount the Discount – THIEF from Square Enix

This time around, I’m writing a review about the Square Enix title Thief. I have played it for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 but you can get it for the PS4 & PS3. It is the 4th installment in the awesome series that games like Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell have taken a few cues from. As you have probably figure out, the game requires a lot of sneaking through levels and stealing expansive objects from the home you end up robbing.

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The game has a fairly simple rule: LET NO ONE SEE YOU. The game has you slinking through the shadows and avoiding the guards at every turn. If you do happen to get caught, you can try to fight your way out of the situation but most likely you’ll have run and hide. What makes the game entertaining is also the biggest frustration. There were times that I thought it was unfair that a guard saw me in my hiding spot or heard me when I didn’t make a sound but these things are few & far between. There weren’t any gameplay issues or glitches that stopped me from having fun.

Graphically, the game is beautiful. It has a very rich environment that is shadowy and highly detailed. Now, because of its release, I said I played it for Xbox systems. Don’t get me wrong, it looks great on the 360 but there is so much added depth to the Xbox One version. There is more detail, shadowing, and the pixels are cleaner. I also feel like the Xbox One controls are much more responsive due to it being the better paddle (yeah, I said paddle). I play all of my games on surround sound headphones to make sure that I hear every little thing that is possible. Between the two versions, I couldn’t hear anything that puts one over the other.

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If is you haven’t heard about it, THEIF is a series that has been around for a while. I’m really glad to see it hit the newer systems and the PC because I feel like its a game everyone should at least give a shot. The bottom line is that its a fun game and can be found for under $20 on any system. At that price, it’s a bargain and one not to pass up.

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Look Out Kids! Fallout 4 is Coming in November!

So E3 is happening on June 15th and Bethesda has announced that Fallout 4 is releasing on November 15th November 10th, 2015! It is the first time that the game will be available on the Xbox One and PS4 and it will also be on the PC. The game doesn’t just look like a smoother version of Fallout 3 or New Vegas but it looks like the upgrade to this Gen will be totally worth it. Environments are smoother, the faces are more realistic, and everything is more detailed. I mean the Nuke-a-Cola bottles look like nuclear missiles now, how effing cool is that?

For those who have heard me rave about the games on the podcast, you can tell that I’m stoked about everything that has to do with this franchise. Its one of those games that you completely lose yourself in not only the story but also the world, characters, imagery, and gameplay. Take a look at the video below and we will keep you up to date with news!

Don’t Discount the Discount – Watch Dogs from Ubisoft

Why did I call this article what I did? Well, the game is about $15 USD and this is just because it has dropped in price, not because it isn’t an excellent game. My plan is to review the inexpensive gems that are more than worth the money.

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Ubisoft is a game company that tends to release staples in any gamer’s collection. Their most popular franchises include the Rainbow SIX series and the Assassin’s Creed games. Watch Dogs was promoted as “Assassin’s Creed meets the future” and I really feel like they delivered what they promised.

NOTE: I played this on the Xbox One console.

Gameplay
This game is one of those that you can’t really nail it down to only one genre. There is a tech, stealth, driving, shooting, and small puzzles. All of them work well but I o have one gripe: the driving. It is very loose and takes some time to adjust to the handling of the vehicles. Sometimes in a game, there is at least one vehicle that is the best to use but in this game, they’re all pretty terrible. I think a lot of the problem is that I own GTA V and Forza Motorsport 5 for the X-box One. Both of them have excellent car mechanics so having gone from them to this game is kinda unfair. That being said, everything else has been finely tuned to create a great experience. The game doesn’t exactly start of as a shooter but the further in to the story you get, the more puzzle-like obstacles and gunning you end up doing. Chicago is not only the backdrop for the game but it is also your weapon. You can control stop lights, car carriers, billboards….pretty much anything that can be connected to by your phone. Using these elements can help take out people chasing you or a security guard walking past a breaker box can be taken out with a well-timed electrical explosion.

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Graphics and Sound
The game is busy with visuals but not to the point where it may seem overwhelming. You just get a feel that you are running around the bustling streets of Chicago. And there is no shortage of content. You end up stealing someone’s information and the next phone that you hack, you might be reading their text messages or hearing their phone conversations. I have been playing this for a while now and I haven’t come across info that has been redundant or repetitive. The images are clean and look like you’re are playing on a next-gem system. The signals coming from your phones to the Wi-Fi systems are a little pixelated but I thin that’s so it doesn’t look like Spider-man’s webbing is shooting from the top of your phone.

Audio has a lot going on too with all of the city sounds. I typically play with 5.1 surround sound headphones and there is so much going on. There is also an mp3 player that you can play while driving or exploring the city with music that you download from the NPCs (non-player characters) in the game. Like most games, the use of the surround sound is excellent so as you move, the sound moves with you.

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My Take
Watch Dogs is a fun game with a lot of extra things to do aside form the campaign. The story is a little predictable but the characters that you encounter are pretty cool. The game mechanics are fun with you running around, hacking people and cameras on the fly, and using the city as a weapon. You can pick this up for around $20 or less and it is totally worth it.

Star Wars Battlefront 3 has a trailer and release date!

This week, the Star Wars celebration is in full effect and with that, they have released game footage from one of my favorite video game series ever, Battlefront. It is a game where you choose a side from the Star Wars universe and battle in the famous fight scenes from the movies or the expanded universe. The trailer shows us that they are definitely going back to Hoth and Endor. It hits retailers on 11/17/15 and will be available for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC in both a regular & Deluxe edition.

The Deluxe Edition includes:
-Han Solo’s Blaster (instant access)
-Ion Detonator (instant access)
-MPL Ion Torpedo (instant access)
-Ion Shock (exclusive emote)
-Victory (exclusive emote)

So get out there and pre-order your copy, you won’t regret it!